The never before seen movie featuring Aretha Franklin recording the most successful gospel album of all time, Amazing Grace. Amazing Grace is crafted from never before seen footage originally captured in 1972.
May 15th, 2019
“It will make you feel as if you’ve seen the face of God.” – Rolling Stone
In 1972, Aretha Franklin recorded the album Amazing Grace at a church in South Los Angeles.
THE FILM HAS NEVER BEEN RELEASED. UNTIL NOW
A documentary presenting the live recording of Aretha Franklin’s album Amazing Grace at The New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles in January 1972.
By 1971, Aretha Franklin was known as the Queen of Soul. In the culmination of five years of chart-topping hits, she and her producer, Jerry Wexler of Atlantic Records, decided her next recording would take her back to the music of her youth, to the world of American Gospel music.
Over two days in January of 1972, Aretha Franklin got up to sing out her gospel at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church backed by the Southern California Community Choir. A film crew was there to catch the Queen of Soul blow the roof off the place. The live recording of the concert became Franklin’s biggest bestseller. Eight months after Franklin’s passing at the age of 76, it still is.
Variety says, “Amazing Grace can stand as an essential filmed record of what is undoubtedly one of the greatest gospel performances you’ll ever see,” and NPR says watching the films is. “a transcendent, spine-tingling, uplifting, utterly joyous experience. As cherished as the album version has been since its release, Amazing Grace is nothing short of a revelation, soaring from one chill-inducing moment to another.”
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